Revolt Aboard Slave Ship, late 18th cent.

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This record was last updated on 13 Nov 2013

Image Reference

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, ed., The Story of the Sea (London, 1895-96), vol. 2, p. 433

Caption: "Stabbed One of the Negroes." Included in a lengthy chapter on the slave trade, this scene illustrates a description given by a surgeon on board a British slaving vessel, the "Delight"; the surgeon, a Mr. Boulton, describes a revolt that broke out on board the ship in 1769 (pp. 432-34). Although this illustration is sometimes reproduced in secondary sources on slavery which erroneously give the impression it is based on an eye-witness drawing, the illustration is the late nineteenth century artist's imaginative rendering of the revolt and is a complete fabrication.